Publicado: Sol, Julio 14, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Germany must repatriate IS fighter's wife and children from Syria - court


A Berlin court has ruled that Germany's foreign ministry should repatriate from Syria the German wife and three children of a suspected Islamic State fighter, in what a court spokesman said was the first such ruling against the government.

Like other Western countries, Germany faces a dilemma of how to deal with citizens who went to the Middle East to join groups like Islamic State, which was driven out of its last territorial enclave in March by USA -backed forces.

The suspected IS fighter, whose fate is unknown, left Germany for Syria with his wife and two daughters, now aged seven and eight, in 2014, Reuters reported.

In the immediate decision it is, which could be called from lower Saxony-born mother and the children to the enshrined in the basic law of the state duty to Protect. According to the report, the children are eight, seven and nearly two years old. But the Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria, where thousands of Islamic State fighters are being held, demanded that their mother also be sent back. A lawyer for the family did not respond to a request for comment.

About one-third have returned to Germany, another 30 percent are believed dead, and the rest are thought still to be in Iraq and Syria.

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But in April, the government approved a draft bill allowing it to strip Germans with a second nationality who fight overseas for groups like Islamic State of their citizenship.

Iraq is conducting trials for thousands of suspected ISIL fighters, and has pledged to take a hard line against anyone convicted of involvement with the group.

The court spokesperson added that the ruling is the first of its kind to order the German government to repatriate the family members of alleged IS fighters.

However, France has repatriated children from Syria in recent months, as has Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States.

For its part, Britain has said it would consider taking back the children of foreign fighters if they seek asylum in a third country outside of Syria. The Foreign office had argued, therefore, that you do not see any obligation to help the mother when they return from Syria to Germany.

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